Fall Schedule

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, Schedule Outline: 

7:00 AM - 7:30 AM: Registration 

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM: Keynote Presentation 

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM: Network with Vendors/Attendees & Continental Breakfast 

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM: Breakout Session 1 

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM: Breakout Session 2 

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM: Lunch 

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM: Breakout Session 3 

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM: Breakout Session 4 

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM: Breakout Session 5 


*Attendees will not pre-register for breakouts. Breakouts will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. 





REGISTRATION: 7:00 AM - 7:30 AM 

7:30 - 8:30 

KEYNOTE: HR Change Management Strategy 

Randy Woehl 

Bishop A 



Change is inevitable. HR by necessity, must focus on innovation and creativity to sustain and contribute to the organizational strategies. Complacency is not an option. 


In this presentation you will learn to: 

1.     Understand the basic physiological and psychological effects of change on your employees 

2.     Explore how culture can impact change 

3.     Implement strategies to help ensure that changes by HR succeed 

4.     About a model to overcome employees' resistance to change 

5.     Measure the effectiveness of HR's change 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  



9:00 - 10:15 

Exploring Trends in Talent Development 

Todd McDonald 

Bishop A 



Join us to explore the results of the 12th annual Iowa Trends in Talent Development Survey.  Released by ATW Training Solutions in September, we will share report findings and explore how those results relate to your talent development efforts.  Take this opportunity to fine tune your 2019 planning!  


We will discuss: 

1.     Iowa's talent development investment (time and money) - compared to national figures 

2.     The top 5 identified training focus areas and trends in training delivery methods 

3.     Significant challenges to implementing talent development strategies 

4.     The ROI of your talent development efforts 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  



Being a Compassionate Presence in the Workplace 

Kevin Pokorney 

Bishop B 



There is a call to act compassionate in our workplaces and communities.  There is a sense of disconnection in our lives as our world becomes increasingly diverse with more people being marginalized, work and life challenges more complex, ever increasing technology in our lives, and our world more compressed than ever.  To have a compassionate presence is to be deeply aware of our interconnectedness and choose to act in a positive way in our work relationships, as leaders, and in serving others.  


Learning objectives: 

1.     Understand what compassion is and its workplace connection. 

2.     Explore how compassion affects the brain and our behavior. 

3.     Identify the four seeds of compassion to nurture and grow our compassionate presence.  

4.     How to begin planting the four seeds at work as a leader, manager, and in serving others. 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  



Avoiding Workplace Violence 

Amy Ratekin 

Bishop C 



Is your organization fully prepared to respond to a violent situation in the workplace? OSHA 5(a)(1) states "Employers are required to provide their employees with a place of employment that is free from recognized hazards that are likely to cause death or serious harm." Violent acts by a customer, client, or other employee are now included in that regulation.  


Participants will learn     

1.     The mindset and indicators of a person who wishes to cause harm.  

2.     Hands-on techniques to defend themselves in physical altercations.  

3.     Proper engagement of a violent person. Participants will leave the seminar with a sense of empowerment. 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector   


How to Sustain Engagement Through Ongoing Change 

Denise Forney 

Skinner A 



Change readiness is plateauing at a critical time.   This state of constant uncertainty tests our employees' engagement and readiness to cope with change. 


While the national data on engagement shows continued modest gains, change readiness has plateaued in the last year - at a time when we know the pace of change will continue to accelerate.   If today is the resting pulse, what will tomorrow looking like?   How can we as training professionals address this flat line and equip our leaders to lead through change? 


During this session we will introduce you to several tactics that will help you sustain engagement through ongoing change. 


Specifically, we will provide tools that will help: 

1.     Anchor your leaders with a clear priority to drive engagement 

2.     Tailor support resources to meet your team members where they are at 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  


BREAK 10:15 AM - 10:30 AM 

10:30 - 11:45 

Joint Employment: What It Is and How to Avoid It 

Hugh Cain & Brent Hinders 

Bishop A 



Joint employment is an important topic for all employers to understand. It is crucial for employers to be knowledgeable in how joint employment is defined and how they relate to that definition because imperative consequences in the areas of workers' compensation liability, exclusive remedy protection under workers' compensation law, and civil rights compliance flow if an employer is considered a joint employer. This presentation aims to inform employers as to how joint employment is defined, what the consequences of being classified as a joint employer are, and how to avoid becoming a joint employer if so desired. 


1.     Joint employment can make 2 separate employers responsible for same employee. 

2.     This can cause employer to be liable for state and federal civil rights - employment - labor law violations. 

3.     Drafting your contracts properly can help reduce joint employer liability. 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  



Not Your Same Old Communication Strategies! 

Cassandra Halls 

Bishop B 



Communication is a trending topic at conferences across the world.  It is a life skill and job skill that can make or break relationships, careers and certainly can change your life.  When it comes to communication, there are academic approaches, workplace approaches, approaches to use with conflict, approaches for team building, the list goes on and on.   Sometimes you just have to put down your manuals and remind yourself of the simple fundamentals.  Join Duke and Frank Halls (and Cassandra Halls) for some communication comic relief and a reminder of what is most important when it comes to COMMUNICATING with others!! 


Participants who attend this session will: 


1.     Recognize pitfalls to avoid to prevent communication disasters 

2.     Understand how personalities influence communication styles and preferences 

3.     Have new ideas to implement to improve communication with individuals and teams 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  



Responding to an Active Shooter Situation 

Amy Ratekin 

Bishop C 



Does your organization have a tactically proven plan to respond to an attack from an active shooter? Smart companies are being proactive and preparing for an attack and putting active shooter policies/plans in place. C.O.B.R.A. Defense Active Shooter Response Plan Program has been taught to government agencies, corporations, and civilians since 2003. We use a variety of drills and scenarios pulled from law enforcement training to instruct participants in our 15-point tactical plan.  


Participants learn:      

1.     How to escape, evade, engage an active shooter.  

2.     The mindset of the shooter and what it takes for their success.  

3.     A comprehensive plan to be in full compliance with OSHA 5(a)(1) and provide a workplace free from violence caused by an active shooter. 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  



LGBTQ 101: Creating a Safe and Welcoming Environment 

Daniel Hoffman - Zinnel 

Skinner A 



Creating a Safe and Welcoming Environments in the Workplace is a training to help employers and employees retain and attract LGBTQ employees. This interactive training will include an icebreaker activity related to creating a safe and welcoming environment, LGBTQ terminology, learning multiple specific applicable skills to creating a safe and welcoming environment, and application of skills in scenario planning and roleplaying. 



1.     Increase knowledge regarding LGBTQ terminology 

2.     Learn at least three specific skills to apply in creating safe and welcoming environments in the workplace 

3.     Improve self-efficacy of applying skills in the workplace 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  


LUNCH 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM 

12:45 - 2:00 

Succession Planning-A Business Continuity Strategy 

Randy Woehl 

Bishop A 



Succession planning and management is best described as an effort designed to ensure the continued effective performance of an organization, division, or department by providing for the identification, development, replacement and strategic application of key people.  


Given the current economic growth, historically low unemployment rates and the impending retirement of baby boomers; organizations are going to have look inside to fill many of the key positions that are going to be vacated by retirement and employee's exiting companies for better opportunities. 


In the past, Human Resources has been responsible for succession planning. I believe that's a major misconception and is not a sustainable strategy. 


In this session you will learn why it's important to succession plan, how it increases the talent pool, how it provides opportunities for high potentials and finally how it taps the intellectual capital of your organization. You will also learn how to take a common-sense approach to Succession planning.    


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector 



The Art of Forgiveness: How to Handle the Hard Stuff with Elegance and Grace 

Denise Forney 

Bishop B 



The saying goes, "you don't forgive someone for his or her sake - you forgive them for your sake."  Forgiving doesn't mean forgetting, nor does it mean that you've given the message that what someone did was okay.  

So, what are some ways to forgive and be able to move on constructively? 


During this session you will learn some of the following strategies toward forgiveness: 

1.     Stop telling your story 

2.     Let yourself be vulnerable 

3.     Understand everyone is doing their best 

4.     Everyone has their own story 

5.     Show mercy  

6.     Feel gratitude  


Forgiveness is not an approval of past wrong doings, instead it's a gift to yourself that frees you from the prison of holding onto old grudges and stories.  You can't control other people, you can only control yourself.    This session will help you learn how to make empowering choices, leave the past in the past and not let what's happened prevent you from moving forward and flourishing.    


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  



New Rules in Iowa & How Drug Testing Can Make You Money 

William Judge 

Bishop C 



There have been a handful of changes for employers conducting workplace drug & alcohol screening in the fine state of Iowa. We will review those changes, discuss their impacts on the workplace, provide suggested steps for employers to comply & also review the financial opportunities available for employers conducting drug screening.    


1.     Hair Testing 

2.     Alcohol Testing Levels 

3.     Rebuttable Presumption of Intoxication Opportunity 

4.     The Financial Benefits of Workplace Drug Testing 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  



Making Diversity Work for You 

Alia Stowers 

Skinner A 



Though study after study shows that diverse teams and work environments are the most high-performing, it can be difficult to understand those who are different from us or come from different backgrounds. In many cases, diversity can become an obstacle in a work environment instead of a powerful asset. How does an organization leverage their diversity and avoid the many pitfalls? In this session, you will discuss this and more: 

1.     Discover what diversity means, and what inclusion has to do with it 

2.     Become aware of stereotypes and micro-aggressions, and how they impact the organizational culture 

3.     Learn how to create a more inclusive workplace environment 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  


BREAK 2:00 - 2:15 

2:15 - 3:30 

Using Numbers for Decision Making 

Stephanie Majeran 

Bishop A 



Everywhere you turn, there is more information—about your industry, about your customers, about your service or product.  It can be overwhelming to understand what it all means.  In this session, we will look at different tools and case studies for how best to organize and analyze the data you are already collecting to make strategic decisions for growth.  We will focus on affordable and sustainable ways to make data work for you, even if you are not a numbers person!  Be prepared to look at Excel spreadsheets, financial statements, and analytics reports.    


As a result of this session, participants will learn how to: 

1.     Examine financial statements as prepared by company's accounting department 

2.     Establish best practices for successful surveys 

3.     Use Excel for simple customer/employee demographic analysis 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  



The Business Case for Introversion: The Quiet Leader 

Liz Nead 

Bishop B 




Liz Nead presents the business case for adding introverts to the leadership track. Most companies hire and promote naturally outgoing individuals who lead from the front. Research has proven their quieter counterparts are just as effective, productive and valuable to your organization. Adding introverts to the leadership pool injects focus, innovation and creativity while reducing the need for supervision.  


In this session Liz will cover:  

1.     Why stealth talent is integral to your organizations success.  

2.     How to bridge the gap traditional leadership competencies and introverted leaders.  

3.     How to develop vital partnership between introverts and extroverts.  

4.     Essential strategies to attract, hire and retain top introvert-talent.  


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  



Advanced Employment Law: Pay Equity, ADA, FMLA & Other Case Law Updates 

Lindsay Vaught /  

Rebecca Reif 

Bishop C 



This session will provide updates on advanced employment law topics, including: 

1.     Pay equity and using salary history in hiring decisions and job offers; 

2.     ADA leave - what is "reasonable"? 

3.     FMLA leave - when is an employer on notice of an employee's need for FMLA leave? 

4.     Pregnant and transgender employees 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  



Tangible Success with Virtual Employees 

Dee Oviatt 

Skinner A 



Teams today often include "virtual" employees - separated by distance in multiple locations or working remotely (including from home). While technology makes collaboration possible, leaders and employees face unique challenges making this type of "dispersed" arrangement successful.  


In this session participants will: 

1.     Identify difficulties and "best practices" in leading and working from a distance 

2.     Discuss how to build a sense of teamwork and trust within a dispersed team 

3.     Identify ways to provide direction, feedback, and coaching to dispersed team members, and how to hold them accountable 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  


BREAK 3:30 - 3:45 

3:45 - 5:00 

Proper Use of Performance Reviews and Performance Improvement Plans 

Patrick O'Connell 

Bishop A 



Using examples from real world performance reviews and performance improvement plans, the speaker will demonstrate: 


1.     How to properly document issues in performance reviews and performance improvement plans; 

2.     Essential communication skills during verbal performance reviews and performance improvement plan counseling; 

3.     Drafting tips for performance reviews and performance improvement plans; 

4.     How to use specificity to the employer's advantage; 

5.     Interplay between ADA accommodations and documentation of performance issues.    


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  



"But that wasn't my intention" - A coaching framework to close the gap between intention and impact 

Sarah Noll-Wilson 

 Bishop B 



Most people do not wake up asking themselves, "Gee, how I can be a barrier to success today?" Rather, most people wake up with good intentions to be a good person, to do good work and to make a positive difference. The trap is that we only look at our behavior through the lens of our good intentions versus the actual impact we are having on a person or situation. This workshop explores how you can more clearly evaluate your intentions and impact, so you can do your great work and help others do the same. 


Key objectives: 

1.     Improve performance by deepening understanding of internal and external self-awareness 

2.     Explore and experience a framework to identify gaps between intention and impact  

3.     Review key questions and phrases to clarify impact  


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  



Rat Races & Road Blocks: Steering Financial Wellness 

Kathy Krogmeier / Joanne Kuster 

Bishop C 



We live in a rat race - always on the run, finding ourselves behind schedule, stressed with business meetings, late for home commitments.  When employees distracted by life's roadblocks and overwhelmed by financial stress impact your bottom line, lead them to financial wellness.    


If developing a financial wellness strategy is on your plate this year, here's the session you need for a great ROI.  Lean how others launch financial wellness initiatives that move employees from procrastination to action.  Where can you make the most improvements for employees?  Joanne and Kathy share trending ideas that work, no matter your organization's size.    


1.     How to boost your employee benefits ROI. 

2.     Trends in financial wellness - what to tackle in 2019 so employees want to attend - and take home to their family. 

3.     Tips and tools to impact employees of all ages - what works and what doesn't. 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector